Premier Jason Kenney issued the following statement:
“Earlier today, the Special Standing Committee on Members’ Services introduced and passed a five per cent pay reduction for MLAs and a 10 per cent reduction for the Premier.
“Out-of-control spending by the previous government put Alberta on track for $100 billion in debt, jeopardizing the future of public services. We were elected with a mandate to be fiscally responsible, and that has to start at the top. Today’s decision is about leadership by example.
“Today’s pay cuts are on top of the five per cent reduction in compensation for MLAs, ministers and the Premier during the Prentice government in 2015. When combined with today’s pay cuts, MLAs will be paid $13,000 less compared to 2014, and the Premier $31,500 less.
“The Members’ Services Committee also reduced MLA travel expenses, eliminating gas cards and harmonizing the standard mileage rate with that of other public servants.
“In addition to these changes, MLA compensation has been frozen since 2014. It is worth noting that there has been no Alberta MLA pension plan since its elimination in 1993, and severance payments have also been eliminated. I want to thank MLAs for accepting these pay cuts, clear evidence that they are motivated by a strong sense of public service.”
Premier Kenney posted this video on facebook last week regarding his upcoming pay reduction.
Many have been rightfully asking what has happened with our promise to further cut MLA pay by another 5% and the Premier’s pay by another 10%.The committee in charge of this has their 1st full meeting today, and I fully expect the United Conservative Party Caucus majority to fulfill this commitment then.
Posted by Jason Kenney on Tuesday, 6 August 2019
Alberta’s COVID-19 breakthrough – Highest number of tests and lowest number of new cases in one day
It certainly appears to be a sign that the first wave of COVID-19 is abating. Friday, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer reported 6,455 people were tested over the last 24 hours and there were only 7 new positive cases. This resulted in a very interesting video update from Dr. Deena Hinshaw as the province announced several changes that will be resulting from the success of Alberta’s battle with COVID-19.
Albertans will soon be able to visit loved ones in hospital. The province will continue to move toward protecting Albertans at the highest risk of severe outcomes. That means more freedoms for the majority of Albertans as the province prepares to announce Stage 2 details early next week.
Alberta eyes business eviction protection tied to COVID-19 economy lockdown
EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says legislation is coming to address those businesses facing eviction due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kenney says details are coming next week, but adds the province is “looking closely” at a recent eviction ban imposed in British Columbia.
Earlier this week, the B.C. government announced it was imposing new rules on landlords who are eligible for federal rent relief but don’t apply for it and try to evict tenants for lack of payment.
Those landlords will not be allowed to evict such tenants through to the end of the month, when the federal rent relief program is set to end.
Kenney says he is hesitant to bring in a blanket ban, given that there may be legitimate reasons to evict a tenant, but says Alberta is taking action and commercial landlords need to “get with the program.”
Kenney also announced a new $200-million program to provide small- and medium-sized businesses with up to $5,000 each to help them reopen following government-imposed lockdowns to battle the pandemic.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 5, 2020
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